OUTR will have a makeover; The Chief Minister’s approval of the master plan
- It will cost Rs 1,500 crore in three years
- In five years, 10,000 students will have the opportunity to study
Bhubaneswar: Odisha University of Technical Education and Research (OUTR), a leading institution in the field of technical education in Odisha, will undergo a transformation. It was formerly known as the College of Engineering and Technology or CET. The institution will be transformed through the development of human resources, starting from the infrastructure. It will cost Rs 1,500 crore in three phases in three years. In the first year alone, Rs 1,000 crore will be invested. It can be developed as a reputable technical institution such as IIM4, IIT and NIT. Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday approved the master plan on the development of OUTR today.
With 400 students currently studying at OUTR, it will be developed under the IIT framework so that 10,000 students will have the opportunity to study in the next five years. Today, Chief Minister Shri Patnaik reviewed the infrastructure, management and teaching of OUTR. The Chief Minister also suggested that the university be made a leading institution in the field of technical education and research. The Chief Minister also emphasized on the quality of education and research. New Centers for New Age Technology, with a focus on high quality teaching, will also be set up to create more Centers of Excellence to develop human resources and encourage inter-departmental research programs. In addition, teaching and research will be carried out in partnership with universities from home and abroad. Incubation centers will also be developed with the help of various leading industrial institutions to encourage start-up culture among entrepreneurs and develop entrepreneurial spirit among them. Special attention will be paid to the acquisition of new patents and intellectual property rights with research within the university. Recently, the Chief Minister’s Secretary (5-T) V.K. Pandian visited OUTR (CET) to discuss the development of the institution with faculty and students.
The university was established in 181 under the auspices of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology as the College of Engineering and Technology or CET. In 2001, it was relocated to its 100-acre campus at Ghatikia in Bhubaneswar. It is the only institution in Odisha that has earned a Knake A grade. It became a university in 2021 and was renamed the Odisha University of Technical Education and Research. Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Skills Development and Technical Education, gave a presentation on the transformation of OUTR. During the meeting, Dr. Ramesh Patra, OSD, OUTR, said that he would make a sincere effort to meet the government’s goals. Students at the event thanked the government for its efforts and said it would work to increase the university’s prestige. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, PK of the Development Commission, among others. Jenna, Chief Secretary of the Finance Department Vishal Deb and other senior officials were present.